Redundancy looms for school workers

Stantonbury Campus
Stantonbury Campus

More than 50 workers at Stantonbury Campus are facing redundancy before the start of the next school year.

The school has received a greatly reduced number of applications from students wishing to join the roll inYear 7 leading to a cut in its budget.

Currently the Campus employs 170 teachers, but this figure will be cut to 158 through voluntary redundancies. School support staff posts will be reduced by 40 with some redeployed into new posts. The school says it is currently doing all it can to avoid compulsory redundancies.

Some staff have worked at the school for more than 20 years and are concerned about finding work elsewhere.

One, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “You only have to ask the staff there how poorly they have been treated.

“There has been alot of tears and anger.”

Stantonbury Campus headteacher, Chris Williams, said: “This is a difficult process but it is important to reassure parents that good teaching is our priority.

“We have protected curriculum and class size and we will continue to build on improvement. From September the changes will put in place a central Student Services team to communicate better with parents, a new inclusion centre and more opportunities to challenge very able students to fulfil their potential.”

He added that the school’s priority is to keep class sizes at current levels and achieve record exam results in GCSE and A levels this summer.

Councillor Andy Dransfield, cabinet member for Children and Learning, said: “The reality is you must match income expenditure. If you have less children then you receive less money and if you have more then you will get more. It is the choice of the parents whether or not to send their children to a particular school and despite the fact Stantonbury is an improving school this may be a case of parents voting with their feet.

“This is a message to other schools in the area which are not outstanding or good to pull their socks up and get to that level because there are 30 per cent who aren’t at that level.

“I will visit as many schools as possible to talk to governors to see what is being done to improve standards. We can’t afford another generation of children to come through schools without receiving the right level of education.”